Behind the Scenes: On Set

It’s hard to believe that it’s already July and the middle of summer – time really does fly! The year so far has been a busy one and we’re looking forward to even more food filled photoshoots as 2016 progresses. It’s been especially entertaining to look back at all the behind the scenes images on our Instagram account and to reflect on the fun/inspired/silly/productive/chocolate filled times on set.  So, why don’t we take really quick stroll down memory lane and take a peek at life on set…

– Dreier & Company

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Behind the Scenes, On Set

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Recent Work, Fazoli’s

We’ve said it before, but its worth repeating… “recent” is a relative term in the world of professional photography. Our food centric photo + motion studio is consistently buzzing with activity and we’re always shooting new work for different advertising, corporate and editorial clients, but often we’re not allowed to share the photographic goods for several months. The images and videos we shoot are for carefully crafted campaigns and prominent publications that are planned weeks/months/years in advance, so we absolutely understand the need for a little secrecy.

All that said, we’re happy to share some work we did back in December for fast food Italian eatery, Fazoli’s. Chances are you might even have a Fazoli’s restaurant in your neighborhood, as they currently operate approximately 217 restaurants in 26 states. Now take a look at these mouth watering meals and see if you’re not in the mood for pizza, pasta and endless breadsticks (we know we are!)… hehe!

– Dreier & Company
Fazoli's Entree

Fazoli's Family Pizza

Fazoli's Salad

Fazoli's Lifestyle Salad

Fazoli's Lifestyle & Entree

Fazoli's Sub Sandwich

Fazoli's Cheesecake

Food Photography by Kyle Dreier | Food Styling by Teresa Blackburn

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“& Company”

Well, lookie here… it’s our third installment of company questionnaire time, hehe! Today we all get to peek behind the curtain of Emily’s mind. She’s Dreier & Company’s resident Marketing & Prop Wrangler. Emily does the heavy lifting in marketing and puts her art/design background to good use for the studio. Upbeat and to the point, let’s see what Emily has on her mind…

– Dreier & Company

Questionnaire Emily

Emily, Marketing & Prop Wrangler

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Recent Work: Super Bowl Snacks

I can’t pretend to know much about American football (I grew up playing soccer after all) however I am VERY familiar with and keep stats on the snacking that accompanies any major sporting event. For example, if you haven’t ordered the Chicken & Waffles at a Nashville Predators NHL home game… you’re missing out! It can also be said that I’ve earned my referee stripes judging my friend’s guacamole recipes. Back in January, Dreier & Company had the pleasure of shooting lots of party perfect snacks for Parade Magazine’s Super Bowl Snacks edition. Can you say… ready, set, YUM!?

For some reason, snacks just taste better at a Super Bowl party. I don’t know about you, but I always feel like I need a few weeks away from crowds and groups activities after the Thanksgiving / Christmas / New Years rush as a form of “social recovery,” if you will. That said, the Super Bowl has always been my “ice breaker” to reintroduce me to large group socializing. It’s invigorating to pull the grill out in the middle of winter and cook up some hot dogs, hamburgers, wings and such all while shouting nonsense at the TV indoors. Snacks really are a unifier… you’ll have all sorts of friends come out of the wood work (that you probably didn’t see all season long, haha) with their chips and dip in tow to cheer and enjoy the camaraderie. No matter which two teams make it to the big game, if there are super snacks involved… it’s a win-win in my book!

And if you’re a soccer fan like me, why not give some of these recipes a try as you watch and celebrate (or weep, haha) during the UEFA Euro 2016! :)

– Emily

Parade Magazine Super Bowl Snacks

Parade Magazine Super Bowl Snacks

Parade Magazine Super Bowl Snacks

Parade Magazine Super Bowl Snacks

Parade Magazine Super Bowl Snacks

Food Photography by Kyle Dreier | Food Styling by Teresa Blackburn

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Food Truck Friday – June

It’s been a while, but since the sun is out and summer has officially begun we thought it was time to bring back the food trucks. One of the coolest things about food trucks being all over, is the vast variety of different options you can have in any one location. This week the three trucks I chose to feature are Bahn-Mi & Roll Factory, a Vietnamese food truck, Funk Seoul Brother, which is Korean and Japanese street food, and Et Voila, which serves French cuisine.

These trucks are bringing cuisine from countries far away directly to your nearest neighborhood. That is amazing! These trucks are also making these cuisines more accessible. I have never been to Vietnam or Korea and I am not very familiar with their cuisines. So, if I’m about to drive all the way to a restaurant, odds are I am going to try and go somewhere more in my comfort zone. It’s different with food trucks. When there are a lot of food options directly in front of you, I think it makes it easier to branch out and sample new cuisine. Even if you find you don’t like something, there is always another option you will enjoy just steps away. The NFTA (Nashville Food Truck Association) has a lot of trucks that are doing this same thing. Bringing foreign cuisine to Nashville and making it easy, affordable, accessible, and delicious.

Shooting these trucks this past year and getting to sample all of these mobile chefs creations has definitely helped spark my culinary curiosity. So next time you’re at an event, step a little out of your comfort zone and I bet you’ll be surprised and pleased with what you find. These chefs are doing amazing things. Now go expand your palate (and your stomachs)!

– John

(P.S. – See more food trucks here.)

BAHN MI & ROLL FACTORY – VIETNAMESE

Bahn-Mi Food Truck

FUNK SEOUL BROTHER – KOREAN/JAPANESE

Funk Seoul Brother Food Truck

ET VOILA – FRENCH

Et Voila Food Truck

Photography by Kyle Dreier

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Doughnut or Donut?

Ladies and gentlemen it is time to get your doughnut on! Not for any particular reason… other than it’s National Doughnut Day! And let me clarify, I’m not talking about driving a car in tight circles in a parking lot while you become masked in a smoke screen of burnt rubber from flaming tires. (Although that sounds like a pretty rad thing to do… I’m getting off topic, haha.) I have often wondered, is it “donut” or “doughnut,” so today of all days seems appropriate for me to finally seek out the answer. Well, drumroll please… according to numerous dictionaries Doughnut is the proper, formal spelling of this irresistible treat. However (don’t you love a plot twist?!) the shorter spelling of “donut” is perfectly acceptable too. It came about in the late 1800’s as a shorthand nickname. Either way you spell this pastry icon, doughnuts or donuts always work out to a be a yummy, doughy choice to satisfy one’s sweet tooth. Sounds like a win-win to me!

Another fun fact I discovered is that National Doughnut Day was started back in the late 1930’s by The Salvation Army as a way to raise funds and help those in need during the Great Depression. The effort continued into WWI and volunteers would serve donuts to hungry soldiers on the battle front overseas. The female volunteers who traveled to the front lines of France to serve these baked goodies became affectionately dubbed by the servicemen as “Doughnut Dollies.” While I’m not sure being called a “Dollie” nowadays would pass, I’m still impressed that the humble donut served many in need and helped in lifting the spirits of hungry men in service!

In honor of this momentous day in pastry history, I’ve gathered up some glazed and decorated treats for a photo montage of sorts. Feast your eyes and why not surprise a friend with a donut to share? :)

– Emily

Donuts & Doughnuts

Photography by Kyle Dreier | Styling contributors Callie Blount, Teresa Blackburn, Courtney Whitmore, Caroline Brewer and Dreier & Company

 

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